Thanet District Council’s Chairman Doug Clark acted fully in accordance with Council procedure rules when issuing his casting vote at the Full Council meeting on Thursday 6 December.
As the Cabinet had previously taken a decision in relation to the disposal of the Ramsgate Royal Sands site, and as there were no reports or paperwork supplied to support an informed debate on this subject at this meeting, the Chairman considered it appropriate on this occasion, to vote against the motion.
Thanet District Council Cabinet conducts all of its meetings in public and only excludes the press and public if commercially sensitive or confidential information is disclosed. All Councillors receive full copies of Cabinet reports and all Councillors can attend Cabinet meetings and speak on agenda items.
Cabinet has, importantly, already agreed that the Chairman of Scrutiny will receive all of the supporting information and reports with regards to the Ramsgate Royal Sands development before the council enter into any binding agreement with the developer.